I've got a PC that I built and has been running Win XP SP2 with no issues for about a year or so. The other day, I went to reboot, and now I've got nothing. There was nothing irregular about the reboot. It was a standard Windows controlled shutdown and reboot.
So on boot-up, you don't even get through POST. It says
"Award Boot Block BIOS v.10" and then lists a major BIOS issue and asks for a floppy.
So, I figure somehow the BIOS got erased and all I need is a flash program and a copy of the BIOS and a bootable floppy. Easy fixin' right?
Yeah I thought that too. So I boot into DOS and get the flash program loaded. When I load attempt to load the BIOS program, it says it not any newer than what's currently loaded so the BIOS blocker says it can't be updated. And since I can't get into the BIOS, I can't shut the BIOS update block program OFF. Catch 22....
So, where do I go from here? I need a better flash program or a more updated BIOS for the motherboard.
Here's the link to what I downloaded.
It's a zip file with the flash loader and the .BIN file for the BIOS.
First thing the problem only with O.S(as per your statement - proper shutdown and restart). Your O S afftected by virus. you must format the full harddisk(all partions) and reinstall your O S. BIOS File always having the .ROM extention file, not BIN file. Pls reset the BIOS using the clear cmos jumper or removing the CMOS battery from motherboard.*****severe virus attack. Dont try to backup****
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Those error codes don't really mean very much to the general consumer, but blue screens of deaths are caused by bad RAM memory in your computer, not viruses. I'm going to take a guess that your computer is either several years old and/or it constantly get quite warm? Heat can shorten the life of computer components by quite a bit. You may need to get one of your RAM cards replaced to solve this issue.
There's a free program called Memtest86 that you can run to determine if this is the case. It will scan all your memory and look for bad sectors. You can download it here: http://www.memtest86.com/ and burn it to a CD. What it does is create a bootable CD that will execute the program as the computer turns on to scan all the memory. There are full instructions on their website. The process can take an hour or two depending on how much memory your computer has, and if it turns up any bad sectors then you know what your problem is.
A computer can run with bad sectors in the memory, but it makes it unstable that it will keep bluescreening, so if you have bad sectors in your memory it might be better just to replace the RAM. Luckily, this isn't too expensive. For instance, if your computer has 4GB of memory, it probably has 2 2GB RAM cards installed. You can get a 2GB replacement notebook memory for, I'd say $30 or $40. Installing RAM is very simple, and if you're willing to install it yourself, it won't cost you more than that.
If you format the hard drive NTFS format you should be able to install Windows XP. If the computer is old, the hardware may not work with Windows XP. Any computer built in last 8-9 years should work with Windows XP.
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate and could not implement Windows XP mode and MS VPC does not support USB devices: I have both Win XPPRO SP2 and W2003E running in VirtualBox with supports to all my existing USB devices including VGEAR DTV which refuses to works since Vista days and Native Windows 7 (eg. no drivers!). Hope it helps!
Its true. the Bios or HDD driver wont allow you to install Win XP on it.. This BIOS is compatible with only Win Vista. The only easy way to do it is by creating 2 partitions while installing vista. once vista is installed- install XP with Dual boot and than format the vista partition.
Hi niket_shah, sorry but you're board Asus M2N-MX, does support Win XP SP2.
Chances are that while installing windows updates one or more updates failed. People like myself know from repairing PC's which updates need to be installed first. If you're Win XP SP2 did not or would not install than either the Win CD is not a valid Microsoft Win XP SP2 CD or (You have a copy) & there is something wrong with the CD. After a fresh (New install) of Win XP with SP2 there is more than 90+ updates for SP2 which must be downloaded through windows update program. Or you're windows will not function properly.
Just to show you what versions of windows the M2N-MX board does support. Click the link listed below. Once the link loads click the + sign next to Audio. Scroll down the page an notice the different Window version listed for you're board. http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=M2N-MX&SLanguage=en-us
To recap this issue. The problem is either the WinCD or possibly you're hard drive. Make sure you allow windows to perform a full format before installing window. (Not a quick format).
I know this problem,
The HDD is a SATA disk, win XP setup cannot identify a SATA controller on it's own
you need to load the driver (from a disk) so you may need to download it first.
I think this is the correct link
extract the files and burn to a CD or Floppy then run win XP setup by booting from CD
you should see in the begining of win XP setup from CD it prompt you to press (I think) F2 to add RAID or SCSI Controllers, (this prompt is at the bottom of the screen)
Then follow the propmts to load from the disk you made earlier. you should be able to select the controller from a list. (short list)
you should then be able to continue and hopefully Win XP setup should now be able to see your HDD and give you choices about which partition (as per normal)
you want to remove all partitions before installing winXP (you can then make whatever partitions you wish)
Hope this helps